Cerith Wyn Evans: Harmonia Mundi (firework)
Thu Jun 11 2009
3:00 PM – 4:30 PM
Join us on the opening night of Universal Code for the lighting of a firework text by Welsh artist Cerith Wyn Evans, especially commissioned by The Power Plant. Using chandeliers, searchlights and fireworks, Evans's artworks often dramatize the role of language as a catalyst, poetically encrypting and transmitting words into light. In previous fireworks pieces, Evans ignited texts by Gertrude Stein and Pier Paolo Pasolini, using the ephemeral medium of blazing light to spell messages from beyond for a live audience. This new work will feature a text from seventeenth-century German theorist of the universe Johannes Kepler’s book Harmonices Mundi (Harmony of the World). Evans started his career as a filmmaker working closely with Derek Jarman and John Maybury before beginning to make his renowned sculptural installations and film works in the 1990s. His work has been included in many international exhibitions, including the Venice Biennale (1995, 2003), documenta 11 (2002) and the Istanbul Biennale (2005).